Denver is the fourth strongest city in the country, according to the study – The Denver Post
Whether you’re running around Sloan’s Lake, biking the Cherry Creek Trail, or climbing a fourteenth, Denverites are an active bunch. According to the ACSM American Fitness Index, Denver is the fourth fittest city in the United States.
The study rated the country’s top 100 cities for fitness based on individual and community metrics. The findings showed that over 82% of Mile High City residents had exercised in the past 30 days. More than half of the population meets aerobic activity guidelines, with nearly 70% of people sleeping more than seven hours a day, according to the study.
“Physical activity is essential to human health,” said Dr. NiCole R. Keith, President of the American College of Sports Medicine, in the study. “It is imperative that policymakers, educators, health care providers and public health officials communicate the importance of physical activity and provide instruction on methods to be able to be physically active safely.”
The study claims that about 90% of Denverites can walk to a park in less than 10 minutes, but the city’s community score fell below its personal health score. The community score ranks 26th in the country, which is lowered by the poor air quality and the lack of compulsory physical education.
Despite Denver’s lower score as a community, Abbie Mood, a yoga instructor who has lived in several states and currently resides in Glendale, said she noticed how active Coloradans are.
“Colorado definitely has a reputation for being a fit state, and that is well deserved,” said Mood. “Aside from consistently making the top 5 lists of the healthiest or fittest states, I remember noticing a difference when I moved to Colorado. People are always out to do something or plan their next adventure. With different seasons and overall pretty good weather, it’s pretty easy for people to be active all year round, whatever their favorite thing to do. ”
The study reported that many of the country’s largest cities were unhealthy before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“According to the American Fitness Index 2021, an average of almost a third of the population in the 100 largest US cities are obese, 14% smoke, and 25% said they hadn’t done any exercise in the previous month. And all of this before the pandemic, ”according to the study. “Preliminary studies have shown that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic reduced physical activity and healthy food intake, and increased obesity and stress.”
Denver has an above-average rate of obesity and stroke rates, which puts its personal health score among the second best in the country.
“I think Denver’s location is a big factor in how healthy and active the people are here,” said Mood. “The mountains are close, the foothills are closer and there are hiking trails and parks everywhere. The downside is that people can be needlessly competitive and we’ve seen access issues crop up over the years. However, if we can find a way to keep these places accessible and protected, Colorado will keep its reputation for years to come. ”
Top 10 Fittest Cities in the US According to Study:
- Arlington, Virginia.
- Minneapolis, Minn.
- Seattle, Washington.
- Denver, Colorado.
- Madison, Wis.
- Washington, DC
- St. Paul, Minn.
- Irvine, California.
- Portland, Ore.
- Atlanta, GA.
Aurora was ranked 38th and Colorado Springs 51st for the fittest cities. Aurora is also among the ninth most residents who sleep seven or more hours a night.